Free CD/DVD File Recovery Tool – CD Recovery Toolbox

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So how many coasters do you have that started life as critical backup CD/DVD’s? Or the CD/DVD’s that you entrusted to store a lifetime of photo memories? Well if you’re like most of us, you may have more than one.

As a long term file storage medium, CD/DVD’s are, in effect, all-purpose, durable and generally inexpensive. The difficulty in relying on this storage medium however is they aren’t always as reliable as we sometimes seem to think.

An internet friend, a very competent Techno Geek – was telling me just this week, “an older system of mine decided that it would not boot into Windows (XP), and then””with a determination that would make a Missouri mule proud””resisted all resuscitation efforts. No problem (I said to myself.. it was still early in the day). I’ll just re-mount a “ghost image” backup from the DVD’s I made last week.”

He went on to say “one of the 4 DVD’s was “corrupted”. As in “unreadable”. As in…that backup is totally useless to me. Four wasted discs. Caught me a little off guard, too….I pay extra to buy the best blanks, and the company to which I am alluding has never given me a “bad burn” before.”

So you’re not alone in turning what you may consider to be, unusable/unreadable CD/DVD’s into expensive coasters. But there is a solution that can help you to recover damaged data that you may have considered unrecoverable. Stepping into the picture is CD Recovery Toolbox, a free CD/DVD file recovery tool.

This small free application was designed to recover damaged files on CD, DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-Ray disks. It can recover files that have been lost as a result of physical damage to the disk (scratches, chips, and so on), or as a result of a bad or inaccurate recording.

The program scans damaged CD and DVD disks and produces a listing of files and folders on the media which it can recover. Be aware however that, depending on the degree of damage, there may be files that the application cannot recover.

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In testing this product’s file recovery ability on a severely scratched and chipped disk, I’m happy to say that it recovered 934 files out of a total of 936, that Windows could not read, and it did this in less than 2 minutes.

Data recovery is generally a complex process but even beginners will have an easy time with this application based on it’s step-by step wizard, which makes the use of the tool very simple and convenient.

Quick facts:

  • Recovers files/folders from CD and DVD’s
  • Recovers files larger than 4 GB
  • Detects lack of free space on the designated storage hard drive

Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2K/XP/2K3/Vista

Do you know of any similar programs that you use to rescue files from scratched and damaged disks? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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Comments (15)
  • JacPat

    well, it’s the first time i’ve ever tried to recover part of a dvd. I’m not sure if it’s something i did, or the program. But it spend 5 hours to recover 6 images. I clicked recover the entire dvd, though i thought it would be faster than that.

  • Email Subscriber

    Excellent software! Used it to recover some MP3 voice recordings of my late grandfather. Worked very quickly (approx 5 mins for each 3MB MP3 file). It succeeded where CDCheck and unstoppable copier failed.

    Cant rate it highly enough – thanks for the review makeuseof

  • Nikil

    Read the article in Techworld for detailed information on how to maintain your CD/DVD. It would enable you to prevent damages upto an extent.For damaged one,this is the best solution available..nice post…I used the tips from Techworld and yours to keep my records alive !

  • Harry Potterfan

    Thanks a ton for this wonderful app! You have no idea what a lifesaver this article is for me now!! So many ‘corrupt’ CDs and DVDs have suddenly become recoverable now!!

    THAT’S A REAL LIFESAVER!!!! IT IS!!!

    I firmly recommend this freeware who has even a single ‘unreadable’ CD/DVD…

  • Kitty M16

    One technique to use is to create a ISO image of the software CD/DVD when you obtain it; then use a virtual CD drive to mount it as required. Similar when burning CDs, also burn a ISO image.

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